Gut Rumbles

April 08, 2005

a dollar's worth

I put gas in my truck today. HOLY BEJUS!!! I watched those numbers rolling on the pump and I had a severe flashback.

I remembered the days when I pulled up to a gas pump, told THE ATTENDANT (remember those?) to "Gimme a dollar's worth," and I got four gallons of gas while the guy cleaned my windshield and checked my oil.

Those were the days. I paid.... well, never mind. Let's just say that a dollar's worth ain't much at the pump anymore and you have to clean your OWN goddam windshield and check your own oil.

Some places don't even offer free air for your tires anymore. You have to plug in a couple of quarters to start the compressor and I KNOW what a rip-off that is. I used to run a LOT of air compressors. (Ain't that right, Catfish?) The goddam things keep a sump at a certain pressure and only run to replenish the pressure in the sump. Putting air in your tires doesn't cost 50 cents worth of energy or wear and tear on a fucking air compressor.

Yeah. "Gimme a dollar's worth." That's a hoot to even think about today.


The lowest price I ever remember my parents paying for gas was 64 cents.
I just paid $2.66 a for a gallon.

Posted by: Maeve on April 8, 2005 03:18 PM

Lowest price I remember clearly is 56 cents, and it was near that low when I started driving. Last I noticed my usual gas haunts were $2.13, which is probably about the same as that 56 cents in my ability to afford and in real terms.

Posted by: Jay on April 8, 2005 03:31 PM

lowest I remember was.29/gal..... wow.... how dated is that..... really, it wasn't that long ago, or maybe, no I'm really not that old......

Posted by: Kelley on April 8, 2005 04:48 PM

lowest I remember was.29/gal..... wow.... how dated is that..... really, it wasn't that long ago, or maybe, no I'm really not that old......

Posted by: Kelley on April 8, 2005 04:49 PM

lowest I remember was.29/gal..... wow.... how dated is that..... really, it wasn't that long ago, or maybe, no I'm really not that old......

Posted by: Kelley on April 8, 2005 04:49 PM

How much was it today? It was like $2.17 in Savannah on Tuesday at the cheapest place we could find (and believe me we looked), $2.10 at the truck stop in SC...

Posted by: caltechgirl on April 8, 2005 05:06 PM

$2.15 here in NH.

Posted by: Chablis on April 8, 2005 06:23 PM

California state law requires the gas stations to provide air for free to customers. 'Course the gas prices are so much higher out here that it all comes to the same thing, and half the time I put the 50 cents in the machine anyway 'cause I don't want to take the time to go try to communicated wtih the "foreign-speaking" attendant about the air...

And some states (Oregon comes to mind) require attendants, so that's no so old hat. I'll never forget the first time I went to a gas station in that state, I got out of the car and went to fill up, and the attendant who was slacking ran at me so fast I nearly had a heart attack. I didn't know I wasn't supposed to touch the damn thing.

Posted by: Dz on April 8, 2005 07:14 PM

I paid $2.05 a gallon for regular today.

Posted by: Acidman on April 8, 2005 07:18 PM

I can still remember when I was little, going with my family on vacation. On the NY Pike, my dad REFUSED to stop for gas 'cuz it was over 19.9 cents per gal!

Filled up tonite on the way home, as I do every 2 wks. 310 miles traveled, 11.06 gals, $2.27/gal premium (vehicle requires premium). $25 tab.

Even at $2.27, I'm not complaining.

Back in '81 I drove a 3-ton Imperial LeBarron with a big honkin' 440 cubic inch motor. It got 10 MPG only with a tailwind (and usually downhill). Gas was $1.25 or so and the car had a 40 gal tank. I had to fill that monster up every friggin' week to drive the same miles I do now. In '81 a tank of fuel was half 'a paycheck. A dollar was worth a lot more then than it is now.

Maybe that's why the Sacagawea (sp?) Dollar coin was made to be about the size of a 35-cent piece. That's about what a buck is worth nowadays.

Posted by: Richthofen on April 8, 2005 08:30 PM

I remember $0.24/gal gasoline because one station used the price as a gimmick to simultaneously advertise that they were open 24 hours/day.

Richthofen, from what I've read, adjusting for inflation, gas is still cheaper now than it was in '81.

Posted by: Desert Cat on April 8, 2005 09:04 PM

Gas was cheaper under Clinton.
It's all them damn Republicans helping
their Saudi oil brothers to bigger profits.

Posted by: BJK on April 8, 2005 09:16 PM

Gas was cheaper under Clinton because the fuckwad ran the strategic oil reserve dry to artificially deflate prices.

Bush has repeatedly refused to do the same as, for some strange reason, he thinks risking the security of the nation in time of war isn't worth a temporary reduction in fuel prices and a slight gain in political capital.

Yeah, damn those evil Republicans for putting the security of the nation ahead of their political ambitions.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on April 8, 2005 09:48 PM

$2.49 the day before yesterday. At Costco. Just for info purposes, I asked the SUV owner next to me how much it costs to fill up his vehicle. Answer: $57.00.

The thirty dollars I spent filling mine little car still hurt.

Posted by: Juliette on April 9, 2005 01:46 AM

Well guys, you should try to drive a car in the Netherlands. unleaded does 1.22 euro/litre here. with 1.3 dollars to the euro and 3.8 litres to the gallon you just end up slightly over 6 dollars/gallon.
what was it you were bitchin' about? :-)

Posted by: Pieter on April 9, 2005 01:48 PM

Rob! Brought back some sweet memories - free gifts with fill-ups, "Gulf" antenna balls and "Put a Tiger in yiour tank!" When I was a young motorcyclist in H.S. in the mid-70s I could fill up my Yamaha 125 (which lasted all week at my nearby Mobil station, and have enough change for a large Slurpee at the 7-11 accross the street. Lowest price I ever paid was 13 cents per, and have seen my Grandad fill up at Gas Wars in Los Angeles at .05 cents per. Then Carter became President.

Posted by: Jay S on April 9, 2005 08:49 PM

The reason they charge for air is not to make a killing on selling air, its to cover the cost of repairs to the equipment that the assholes of the world destroy about every 3-4 days if you don't watch it like a hawk. I worked at a Shell station in college and couldn't believe that or what people could do to a bathroom.

Posted by: wtf dude on April 11, 2005 11:27 PM
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